This one is great. A British academic has shown that e-breaks — allowing workers to use the Internet for “personal” reasons — actually improve productivity.
A game company paid for the study, but then again the RAND study on EMR effectiveness was paid for by Cerner so caveat emptor. But I suspect that it might be true that 10 minutes playing Grand Theft Auto IV or trawling Match.com probably helps reduce stress and improve focus when back on the job. And, anyway, a more trusting work environment when the boss isn’t micromanaging every minute is probably a better and happier, and therefore, more productive environment.
But be honest. When you’re distracted by personal Internet use (think about the last time you got lost in YouTube), do you really spend just 10 minutes?